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The Milwaukee Mafia: Mobsters in the Heartland

The Milwaukee Mafia: Mobsters in the Heartland

by Gavin Schmitt


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Milwaukee's Sicilian underworld is something few people speak about in polite company, and even fewer people speak about with any authority. Everyone in Milwaukee has a friend of a friend who knows something, but they only have one piece of a giant puzzle. The secret society known as the Milwaukee Mafia has done an excellent job of keeping its murders, members and mishaps out of books. Until now.

From the time Vito Guardalabene arrived from Italy in the early 1900s, until the days the Mob controlled the Teamsters union, Milwaukee was a city of murder and mayhem. Gavin Schmitt relies on previously unseen police reports, FBI investigative notes, coroner's records, newspaper articles, family lore and more to bring to light an era of Milwaukee's history that has been largely undocumented and shrouded in myth. No stone is left unturned, no body is left buried.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780962303265
Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/07/2015
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 412,441
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Gavin Schmitt has been interviewed on radio, newspaper and the Internet for his expertise on organized crime. He has researched Wisconsin's darker history for decades and has been published in a variety of magazines including "Informer" and "HorrorHound". Mr. Schmitt lives in Neenah, Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction 1

2 A Tale of Two Cities: Milwaukee 3

3 Counterfeiting in Milwaukee, 1908-1913 21

4 Dominic Leone and the Murders of 1911-1912 35

5 The Ronzio Double Slaying and the Violence of 1913 55

6 The 1920 Erie Street Garbage Melee 69

7 The Prince Becomes King, 1921-1929 79

8 Alberto Speciale and the Chicago Connection 95

9 Crupi: Vice Lord of Water Street 103

10 Murder in the Family: Frank Aiello 119

11 Pasquale Caruso and Waukesha's Little Italy 143

12 Tony Gennaro Lifts the Veil 155

13 The Scaffidi Family 169

14 Who Was John Alioto? 183

15 Who Killed John DiTrapani? 191

16 Loose Ends: Jack Enea 257

17 Epilogue 273

Index 275

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